UKIP: We’ve proved we can get votes in Wales, England and Northern Ireland…

Fascinating little line here (h/t Malc) from Nigel Farage:

“We’ve proved we can get votes in Wales, England and Northern Ireland. We’re still untested in Scotland,” he [Farage] said. “We’ve not had an opportunity to test Ukip policies with the Scottish people for a very long time.” Asked about Ukip’s chances, he was optimistic. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we did quite creditably.”

Malc writes:

My recollection is that UKIP’s entire electoral presence in NI amounts to:
— David McNarry, the Strangford AM defector from the UUP,
— Henry Reilly, Councillor for The Mournes

He’s clearly not impressed, but I would note that this does put UKIP ahead of British Labour, the UK Conservatives, or the Liberal Democrats, although to be fair to two of those they currently harbour no ambitions to run in Northern Ireland against local partner parties.

Reilly’s showing wasn’t half bad for a councillor in the 2011 Assembly elections. He’s going to make John McCallister’s return in the next Assembly elections even more problematic than it would have been.

Strictly speaking, David McNarry has yet to be tested in an open election. And Reilly had a huge personal vote.

The thing is, even given their current rise in the polls, UKIP may yet turn out to be a latter day SDP of the right. But they’ve already been around for a while and are pushing somewhat at a half open door as people pull away from international co-operative ventures like the EU.

The real test of Mr Farage’s boast may come with the next European Parliamentary election.

Discover more from Slugger O'Toole

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

We are reader supported. Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger. While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.